REALLY support the troops.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

The last few days.

I've got a fatty tumor (aka, a "Lipoma". Just a lump of benign tissue) on my back going bad.

It's infected, hurts a bit and it will be seen to sometime next week.

Did something to my right calf muscle a week or so ago, it's sore and stiff.

My doctor had me get an ultrasound scan of the leg, to determine if the pain and stiffness was due to a deep vein thrombosis, which could result in blood clots in my lung(s) and death.

That would be bad.

The scan was negative, I'm pleased to say. I was in and out in less than 30 minutes.

So, Monday will be busy for me. Call the jury commissioner's office, make the appointment to see a doctor about my back, write the monthly checks (dammit! Why isn't PayPal an option to pay the rent, phone and cable bills?), buy more checks, buy jewel cases for all the DVDs I have to send out this week, burn all the DVDs I have to send out this week, get an ethernet cable, get money for the laundry machines in the building, order a few books and things via the Internet, buy groceries and on the way home, buy my bi-monthly pizza.

Yes, it's ALL GO, here at Slovenly Tucker Hovel!

Jury Service Update

So far, no reply from the jury commissioner's office.

If there's nothing in the mail tomorrow, I'll make a phone call and find out my status.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

The battle has been joined!

Right. Thursday, I get a jury service summons in the mail! Which is odd, because I'd done my service in November of last year, and in Massachusetts, once you've fulfilled your obligation, you're exempt from service for three years.

So, somewhere in the apartment is the certificate of service that was mailed to me by the Jury Commission, stating that I am exempt from service until at least November 18th, 2009.

But WHERE is it?

After MUCH poking about, and not a little cursing, stewing and muttering, I finally found it!


I filled out the little postcard that is part of the summons, checked off the correct box in the "I'm Disqualified Because..." section, and filled in all the needed details.

Mailed it off Saturday.

For all the good it will do. The Central Bureaucracy has me down for jury duty this coming November.

I fully expect that I'll have to actually go to the Jury Commission offices, with the original certificate (which will NEVER LEAVE MY POSESSION!) and a sheaf of photocopies of the certificate to hand out as need be, and spend an inordinate amount of time there, explaining that yes, I did my service last year, and that I am not required to do jury service again until almost 2010.

Or, a miracle COULD happen and I'll get a letter stating that, yes, I was summonsed in error and that yes, I am exempt until sometime in November of 2009.

And monkeys might fly out of my butt.